Jesus Was a Jew

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As all human beings, Jesus Christ was born in a particular place and at a specific time in history. Although His Father was God (through the agency of the Holy Spirit), His mother was a Jewish woman named Mary. Her husband, Joseph, was Jesus’ legal father or guardian. According to the genealogy from Mary, on His human side Christ is descended from the Israelite tribal patriarch Judah and his descendant King David (Luke 3:31 Luke 3:31Which was the son of Melea, which was the son of Menan, which was the son of Mattatha, which was the son of Nathan, which was the son of David,
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, Luke 3:33 Luke 3:33Which was the son of Aminadab, which was the son of Aram, which was the son of Esrom, which was the son of Phares, which was the son of Juda,
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; compare Acts 2:30 Acts 2:30Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
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; 2 Timothy 2:8 2 Timothy 2:8Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:
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The biblical testimony is plain. The book of Hebrews tells us that “it is evident that our Lord arose from [the tribe of] Judah …” (7:14). And those descended from Judah are known by the abbreviated term Jews. The apostle John wrote that “He came to His own [the Jews], and His own did not receive Him” (John 1:11 John 1:11He came to his own, and his own received him not.
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). Both a Samaritan woman and the Roman governor Pontius Pilate clearly recognized that Jesus was Jewish (John 4:9 John 4:9Then said the woman of Samaria to him, How is it that you, being a Jew, ask drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
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; John 18:35 John 18:35Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you to me: what have you done?
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We are further told that “the scepter shall not depart from Judah” (Genesis 49:10 Genesis 49:10The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and to him shall the gathering of the people be.
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). The scepter symbolizes the promise of kingship and salvation. Jesus, the King of the Jews, is the Messiah. Christ (the Greek term for Messiah) is the ultimate fulfillment of the ruler mentioned prophetically in 1 Chronicles 5:2 1 Chronicles 5:2For Judah prevailed above his brothers, and of him came the chief ruler; but the birthright was Joseph’s:)
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: “Yet Judah prevailed over his brothers, and from him came a ruler.”

The Bible’s final book refers to Jesus as “the Lion of the tribe of Judah” (Revelation 5:5 Revelation 5:5And one of the elders said to me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
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). On Jesus’ human side, David is called His father, meaning ancestor, in Luke 1:32 Luke 1:32He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give to him the throne of his father David:
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. Romans 1:3 Romans 1:3Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
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likewise says he “was born of the seed of David according to the flesh.” Thus, from numerous testimonies, He was certainly a Jew.

What ultimately counts, however, is that He is the Savior of all mankind because He died for all men, women and children, regardless of their race or other ethnicity (John 3:15-17 John 3:15-17 [15] That whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. [16] For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. [17] For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
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). Indeed, in Christ we are told that there is no division between Jew and gentile—for all become one in Him (Galatians 3:28 Galatians 3:28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
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